Heavy floods and landslides destroy buildings and roads in China

BEIJING (AP) — Heavy torrential rains are causing major flooding and landslides in southern China, destroying buildings, crops and roads, and forcing many people to flee their homes.

In Guangxi Autonomous Region, 145,000 people have been moved to safety and more than 10,000 homes have been destroyed, the official Xinhua New Agency reported.

Another half a million people were affected in neighboring Jiangxi province, where 433,000 hectares (1 million acres) of crops were flooded, according to local authorities.

About 274,000 people have requested help in Guangzhou province, according to the provincial emergency management department.

Heavy rains collapsed roads in parts of towns and washed away homes, cars and crops. The weather service predicted more rain in the coming days. Chinese authorities on Sunday issued the first red alert of the year, the most severe warning, for possible mountain torrents.

China regularly experiences flooding during the summer months, most often in the central and southern regions which tend to receive the most rainfall.

China’s worst flooding in recent years occurred in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly 3 million homes were destroyed, mostly along the Yangtze, China’s mightiest river.

The government has invested heavily in flood control and hydropower projects such as the massive Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze.

Globally, more intense tropical storms are on the rise due to climate change, leading to increased flooding, threatening lives, crops and groundwater.

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